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Missing Pregnant Chicago Woman Was Strangled, Her Unborn Baby Forcibly Removed

Missing Pregnant Chicago Woman Was Strangled, Her Unborn Baby Forcibly Removed

A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, United States police and family members say.

The body of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui was found early on Wednesday behind the house.

Clarisa Figueroa called police hours after Ochoa-Lopez was killed to report that the baby had stopped breathing.

The nine-months-pregnant woman went to the Figueroa's home expecting to gather some baby clothes and other donated items, police said.

Fire officials confirm responding to the home on West 77th Place on April 23, the day Ochoa-Lopez went missing.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of a pregnant Chicago woman, who was strangled before her baby was cut from her womb.

For the three weeks she was missing, Ochoa-Lopez's baby boy had already been forcibly removed from her womb and was hospitalized along with a woman who claimed to be his mother, according to fire department spokesman Larry Langford.

Suspicious, detectives subpoenaed hospital records and began to collect DNA samples from the baby, his biological father and Figueroa. A medical examiner office spokesperson said the office would never prevent a family from viewing a body but noted that Ochoa's remains had to be identified with dental records.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree, 24, were both charged with first-degree murder.

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Ms Evans and her 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, were killed in their Addison apartment and Ms Evans' 7-year-old son, Joshua, was found slain in a Maywood alley.

"She was giving clothes away, supposedly under the pretenses that her daughter had been given clothes, and they had all these extra boy clothes, and that were the false pretenses that I believe led her to that house", Garcia said. They said that one of the women who lived there, in her 40s, suddenly had a baby without ever appearing to be pregnant, according to Cortes.

A break in the investigation came after the woman who said she had given birth to the baby set up an online fundraising campaign, another spokeswoman for Ms Ochoa-Lopez's family said. Her boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, was charged with concealment of a homicide.

Speaking in Spanish, Giovanni Lopez, the victim's husband, told Fox 32 that he has "a lot of pain, a lot of anguish, a lot of sadness" following the discovery of his wife after weeks of frantic searching. The family said it has named the baby Yadiel.

"She did nothing to them. She would ask for what she needed, which is, I think, a strength".

Police searched the neighbourhood and found Ms Ochoa-Lopez's auto a few blocks away.

Ochoa-Uriostegui's son, named Yadiel Yovany Lopez by his father and Ochoa-Uriostegui's husband, Giovanni Lopez, is now in hospital on life support.

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"Due to the fact that I'm in school and can't work at the moment, I can't afford to buy the rest of the things since I'm short on cash right now", Ochoa-Lopez wrote.